When I first picked my major the summer before my freshman year at the University of Florida, I had no clue what to choose. For as long as I could remember I had wanted to work in the medical field. I even did some volunteering at a hospital in my hometown to help me build up my resume for when I applied to colleges. After perusing through the majors catalog, I settled on health sciences. After one semester into the major I knew pre-med really wasn’t for me and I switched into public relations that spring.
Choosing a major can be difficult, but figuring out what to switch to if you aren’t happy in your current major can be even harder. I remember being stressed for weeks about what I was going to do. I was so relieved when I finally figured out what my true calling is. Here are a few things that I did when I was re-thinking my college major.
TALK TO EVERYONE
If you aren’t sure what you want to do, try talking to as many people as you can about their major. Hear why they chose it, what they like about it, what classes they have taken and what they are planning to do with their degree after college. Upperclassmen are really helpful since they have been studying longer. I must have talked to about 15 people before I ran into someone that said they studied public relations. I had never heard of the major before and getting their input on it helped me realize that it was something I was interested in.
Another thing I did was schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in the new college I was interested in to get more advice. Even talking to professors during their office hours is a possibility. If they see you are interested in what they are teaching, they will reciprocate and answer any questions you have about the course or major.
LOOK UP THE MAJORS OFFERED AT YOUR SCHOOL
I spent a lot of time flipping through all of the majors that UF had to offer. I looked at descriptions and the courses that you were required to take within each major. I even looked up syllabuses for classes I didn’t understand. Then, I went back to the girl I mentioned before and asked her more in depth questions about her classes. Exploring all of the majors you think you might like is a long process, but it is worth the time you spend doing it.
GO TO YOUR COLLEGE’S CAREER CENTER
The Career Connections Center at UF was so helpful when it came to helping me figure out what my interests are. There are personality tests and career help tests you can take that will help you gauge what your interests are. See what your school can offer you!
EXPLORE CAREER OPTIONS
Google is your new best friend during this time. I must have googled hundreds of questions about marketing, advertising and public relations once I realized that that was the career sector I was interested in. Find out what kind of jobs you will be able to get and look at the job description, outlook and pay. I also found LinkedIn to be really helpful during this time because I was able to look up people in the occupations I was interested in. Looking at social media will provide another perspective on what it is like to work in a particular field.
I hope this list of ideas helps you get started on finding the right track to the major you belong in. If you have further questions, feel free to leave a comment!